I am a Feminist Geographer interested in the Human Dimensions of Water.  I am interested in waterscapes and how they are modified, reified and used by people and in turn, how people, their norms and customs are constituted by and through waterscapes. I have conducted my dissertation work in the drylands of East Africa on smallholder irrigation systems from  gender, institutional and landscape perspectives. All the scientific work I have done has been guided by participatory feminist methodologies, which I intend to continue pursuing.

Most of my research has been in the Global South, where I keep my focus with two projects on smallholder irrigation farming in the drylands of Kenya and in the Venezuelan Andes. I have also turned my attention to Appalachia to conduct studies locally on the 2016 floods that hit West Virginia and on gendered environmental leadership around water.

Eberly News, The Human Dimensions of Water

I recently co-authored a UNESCO report as part of the World Water Assessment Program

Miletto, M; Caretta, M.A., F.M. Burchi, G. Zanlucchi. 2017. Migration and its interdependencies with water scarcity, gender and youth employment. UNESCO. World Water Assessment Program. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002589/258968e.pdf


Read all PUBLICATIONS here

  1. Caretta, M. A., & Cheptum, F. J. 2017. Leaving the field: (de-)linked lives of the researcher and research assistant. Area, Online First. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12342
  2. Wimark, T., Lewis, N. M., & Caretta, M. A. 2017. A life course approach to the field and fieldwork. Area, online first. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12362
  3. Caretta, M.A. 2017. Striving beyond epistemic authority: results dissemination in smallholder irrigation farming research. Annals of the American Association of Geographers https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2016.1261686
  4. Caretta, M. A., & Jokinen, J. C. 2017. Conflating Privilege and Vulnerability: A Reflexive Analysis of Emotions and Positionality in Postgraduate Fieldwork. The Professional Geographer, 69(2), 275–283. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2016.1252268
  5. Östberg, W., & Caretta, M. A. (2017). Kerio Valley, 1973–2013: A case study of Kenyan smallholder agriculture. African Studies, 76(3), 402–422. https://doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2017.1285664
  6. Andersson, L, Caretta, M.A. 2017. Arsenic poisoning in rural Bangladesh: an intersectional analysis of impacts on women. wH2o The Journal of Gender and Water, 6, 4-23 http://www.wh2ojournal.com/uploads/7/5/2/6/75265451/wh2o_issue_5.pdf
  7. Caretta, M. A. Webster, N.A. 2016. “What kept me going was stubbornness”. Perspectives of early career women on enablers and barriers in academia. Investigaciones Feministas 7 (2) 89-113 http://dx.doi.org/10.5209/INFE.52911
  8. Jokinen, J.C., Caretta, M.A., 2016. When bodies do not fit: an analysis of postgraduate fieldwork. Gender, Place & Culture 23, 1665–1676. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2016.1249343
  9. Webster, N. A. Caretta, M.A., 2016. “Women in groups can help each and learn from each other”.  The role of homosocial practices in shaping and renegotiating the local gender contract. Géneros. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, 5(3), 1072-1095. doi: 10.17583/generos.2016.1992
  10. Caretta, M.A. 2016. Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving beyond the “Green Economy” by Harcourt, W., Nelson, I.L. (eds.) Book review. Progress in Development Studies 16, 4.
  11. Caretta, M.A., Riaño, Y. 2016. Feminist Participatory Methodologies in Geography: Creating Spaces of Inclusion. Qualitative Research, 16 (3­), doi:10.1177/1468794116629575
  12. Caretta, M.A. 2016. Member checking: a participatory method to test and analyze preliminary results in cross-cultural, cross-language research. Qualitative Research, 16 (3­), 305-318 DOI: 10.1177/1468794115606495
  13. Caretta, M.A. 2015. East African Hydropatriarchies: An analysis of changing waterscapes in smallholder irrigation farming. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. ISBN: 978-91-7649-206-2. diva2:853702
  14. Caretta, M.A., Vacchelli, E. 2015. Re-thinking the boundaries of the focus group. A reflexive analysis on the use and legitimacy of group methodologies in qualitative research. Sociological Research Online  DOI: 10.5153/sro.3812
  15. Duong, S., Caretta, M.A. 2015.Migration with dignity. En studie om klimatsanpassning i Kiribati. Geografiska Notiser
  16. Caretta, M.A. 2015. Managing variability and scarcity.  An analysis of Engaruka: a Maasai smallholder irrigation farming community Agricultural Water Management 189, 318-330. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.05.015
  17. Caretta, M.A. and Börjeson, L. 2015. Local gender contract and adaptive capacity in smallholder irrigation: a case study from the Kenyan dry-lands. Gender, Place & Culture 22, 644–661. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2014.885888
  18. Caretta, M. A., Cadena Montero, G.Y., Sulbarán, L., Sandoval, R. 2015. ¿La revolución tiene cara de campesina?” Un caso de estudio de la participación activa de las mujeres en el riego del páramo venezolano. Revista Latino Americana de Genero y Geografia, Vol. 6 , n. 2.  pp. 3- 23. DOI: 10.5212/Rlagg.v.6.i2.0001
  19. Caretta, M. A. 2015. Casa Rut. A multilevel analysis of “good practice” in the social assistance of sexually trafficked Nigerian women. Affilia. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/0886109915572846
  20. Caretta, M.A. 2014. Situated knowledge in cross-cultural, cross-language research: a collaborative reflexive analysis of researcher, assistant and participant subjectivities. Qualitative research (early view) DOI: 10.1177/1468794114543404
  21. Caretta, M.A. 2014. Hydropatriarchies and landesque capital: a local gender contract analysis of two smallholder irrigation systems in East Africa. The Geographical Journal (early view) DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12102
  22. Caretta, M.A. 2014. ‘“Credit plus” microcredit schemes: a key to women´s adaptive capacity’  Climate & Development (early view) DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.886990
  23. Caretta, M.A., Kuns, B. and Webster, N. 2014. Praktiska, metodologiska och emotionella utmaningar i fält. En diskurs att utvecklas inom geografi. Geografiska Notiser, 72, 3, 117 – 126.